[Dixielandjazz] Important Announcement About Richard M. Sudhalter

Bill Haesler bhaesler at bigpond.net.au
Sun Jun 4 20:43:22 PDT 2006

Dear friends,
The following has just been posted to the Australian Dance Bands list and
will be of interest to most DJMLers.
Kind regards,

Important Announcement About Richard M. Sudhalter

To My Fellow Jazzophiles and Bixophiles:

I am certain that you all know about the crucial role that Richard Sudhalter
has played in the fields of Jazzology and Bixology. Richard is a
multi-talented individual: author, musician, historian, researcher, teacher,
critic, etc. Richard's achievements are too numerous to list here: scholarly
articles in magazines and newspapers, chapters in books, liners for records
and CDs; he is a concert organizer, radio broadcaster, Grammy Award winner,
Winner of an ASCAP Deems Taylor Special Citation for Excellence, etc. It
will suffice, at this point, to mention the seminal and influential books
that he wrote or co-wrote.

   1. ³Bix: Man and Legend,² Richard M. Sudhalter and Philip R. Evans with
William Dean-Myatt, Arlington House, New Rochelle, NY, 1974. Nominated for a
National Book Award.

   2. ³Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz,
1915-1945,² Richard M. Sudhalter, Oxford University Press, NY, 1999.  Voted
a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

   3. ³Stardust Melody: The Life and Music of Hoagy Carmichael,²  Richard M.
Sudhalter,  Oxford University Press, NY, 2002.

Richard¹s many and valuable contributions to our understanding of Bix¹s
music and life are legendary. For one example, had it not been for ³Man and
Legend,² the Bixography (bixbeiderbecke.com) website would not be in
existence today. That book had a profound influence on my life.

Sadly, Richard suffered a massive stroke in 2003. Although he recovered
initially, in the last two years Richard¹s health has deteriorated
considerably. Richard has been diagnosed as having MSA, multiple system
atrophy. Expensive consultations are necessary, and medical bills are
mounting. A consultation at the Mayo Clinic is scheduled for August 24,

Enrico Borsetti suggested -and I enthusiastically agree- that I start a
campaign among friends and followers of Richard Sudhalter to solicit help in
defraying his medical and associated expenses. This is the purpose of the
present communication: I ask you to help as much as you possibly can.

Please send your checks or money orders, made out to ³Richard Sudhalter,²

Richard  M. Sudhalter
Post Office Box 757
Southold, NY 11971 

Those who wish to make their contributions directly to a bank account,
please use the following

North Fork Bank 
54375 Route 25 
Southold NY 11971 
Bank Transit Number (also known as Routing Number or ABA Number) 021-407912
Name on account: Richard M. Sudhalter
Account Number 0126-36587-3

We all owe a profound debt of gratitude to Richard for his extraordinary and
life-long efforts to elucidate, preserve, and disseminate the music we love.
Richard has done a lot for us. It is time that we reciprocate. Don¹t put
this aside. Write your check or make fund transfer right now and mail it
immediately. This is not a time to delay in taking action. Richard needs our

Thank you very much.

Albert Haim 
Professor Emeritus 
State University of New York
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3400
Founder and Webmaster of
e-mail: ahaim at bixography.com

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